February 23, 2014

Bird language, behavior topic of next natural history program

WESTPORT — The Northeast Wilderness Trust and Elizabeth Lee, outdoor guide, are presenting a series of natural history programs about Adirondack wildlife.

The series continues in March with back-to-back lecture and field classes March 7 and 8 about winter bird language and behavior.

Instructor Connor Stedman is a lifelong naturalist with 10 years of experience sharing nature awareness and traditional skills with students of all ages. He is the director of the Vermont Wilderness School and teaches courses in bird language, wildcrafting and land stewardship around the Northeast.

Stedman’s lecture “Bird Language Through the Seasons” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday March 7. Suggested donation is $8. During the lecture, Stedman will review the basics of bird language and then explore how birds journey through the seasons in their strategies for survival. 

The subsequent field class “Winter Bird Language and Behavior” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email During the half-day field class, Stedman will explore the relationship between bird language, tracking and winter ecology just two weeks before the spring equinox.

Upcoming programs in the series will include presentations on moss, rattlesnakes and spring wetlands. 

Northeast Wilderness Trust is a conservation organization that uses creative partnerships with landowners to protect forever-wild landscapes throughout the northeastern United States. Elizabeth Lee is a New York state licensed guide and naturalist from Westport who leads recreational and educational programs throughout the year. 

All programs will be held at the Whallonsburgh Grange in Essex, NY.

For more information contact, Lee at, 962-4756, or

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